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Mayoral election – the Conservative candidate ...

9th March, 2024.

The term “whistle stop” apparently recalls the time when American railroad trains stopped at small settlements lacking a station if the guard signalled the driver and the driver acknowledged by blowing the engine’s whistle.

Presidential candidates on long campaign journeys with frequent stops at small places made a “whistle stop tour”.

By that measure the Conservative candidate for the Mayor of the Combined Authority of North Yorkshire and York City, Keane Duncan, is on just such a trip, aiming to visit 1,000 locations in the constituency before polling day in May.

In his trust Battle Bus - actually a Peugeot van called Peggy – he rolled into Thirsk and Sowerby, about 300 stops into the grand tour.

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